At Hair Transplant & Restoration Center, Dr. Gray has been performing treatments with platelet-rich plasma for several years. Always concerned with getting the best possible results for his patients, he continues to improve upon the technology used in his procedures. Using a 5x concentration of PRP, multiple state-of-the-art centrifuges, optional ACell healing support, and a strategic schedule of treatments, Dr. Gray has achieved exciting growth, healing, and retention for women facing a variety of hair loss conditions.
What is PRP?
PRP is a powerful non-surgical treatment that uses components of a patient’s own blood to leverage the body’s natural healing abilities to fight hair loss. Its impacts are well documented, with 85% of patients seeing improvement in six months or less. Dr. Gray not only offers PRP as a standalone option but also includes this revolutionary treatment in every hair restoration surgery at HT&RC. PRP can also be combined with ACell, an advanced wound-repair material, to accelerate healing and stimulate hair growth. If you’ve been looking for a resource for PRP, Dr. Gray can help you evaluate your potential, administer the treatment, and monitor your results.
Who is a good candidate for PRP?
If you’re among the millions of American women affected by androgenetic alopecia or age-related thinning, PRP could be a promising solution for you. Since it leverages actively growing hair, it’s important to seek PRP treatment before miniaturization becomes advanced. The best results can be expected by women whose hair loss can be classified as Type I or Type II (mild or moderate) on the Ludwig Scale.
PRP at Hair Transplant & Restoration Center
PRP treatments at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center are unique thanks to our advanced centrifuge technology, the careful timing of treatments, and Dr. Gray’s innovative application of PRP. Timing is critical in two ways – both the advancement of hair loss and the growth stage of the viable hair should be considered. You already know that PRP should be administered as early in the progression of hair loss as possible. But the timing of individual treatments is more important than most women realize.
Strategically Timed PRP Treatments
Across the industry, the timing of PRP treatments varies widely. Thanks to his commitment to achieving the best possible results for his clients, Dr. Gray has isolated the ideal timing to maximize thickness and regrowth from PRP. It’s all about the stages of the hair growth cycle! At any one time, the majority of the hairs on your scalp are in the anagen (active growth) stage, and those hairs are primed to receive the full benefit of PRP. At the same time, a certain percentage of hairs are in the 2-to-3-month telogen (dormant) stage. Since they’re not actively growing, these strands of hair miss out on the impact of treatment. Dr. Gray has strategically synced PRP treatments to the hair growth cycle so that any hairs in the telogen phase during one treatment will have shed and there will be new actively growing follicle by the next. By delivering three PRP treatments two to three months apart, Dr. Gray ensures that each and every viable hair on your head receives treatment during the anagen phase when it’s most receptive to PRP.
PRP in every hair transplant
One of the unique aspects of PRP at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center is Dr. Gray’s inclusion of it in every FUE and FUT hair transplant procedure. By using components of the patient’s own blood, he can concentrate the body’s healing potential precisely in the area where growth is needed. PRP also helps protect hair follicles during harvesting and transplantation, so it improves the success rates of transplants. An under-appreciated benefit of combining PRP with optional ACell treatment is that they can be used to promote hair growth and healing – in a transplant or independently. Thanks to improved healing, PRP and ACell can bring as much benefit to an eyebrow transplant as to a transplant on the scalp!
What to expect during PRP/ACell treatment
Through a quick and painless process, Dr. Gray creates a sample of plasma that is highly concentrated with platelets. Blood is extracted and spun in the centrifuge to isolate the platelets that promote growth. You will be awake throughout the treatment, but the doctor will numb your scalp so that you don’t feel any pain. Dr. Gray uses a tiny needle to inject the platelets into areas of the scalp where hair growth is needed. There’s no recovery time, and the PRP helps the injection sites to heal very quickly. If you choose to add optional ACell treatment, it can be combined with the PRP at the time of injection. This extracellular matrix has powerful skin-healing properties, and it stimulates adult stem cells.
Things to be aware of:
- Please shampoo your hair and cleanse your scalp about 24 hours before treatment.
- Sewn-in or glued-on hairpieces should be removed before arrival. If this is uncomfortable for you, these can be removed privately in our office and put back on immediately after treatment.
- There is typically no downtime directly after therapy, as the PRP helps the injection sites heal very quickly. Your scalp might feel numb for a few hours, but you can promptly resume your usual hair care routine.
- Because of the small needle used, there are usually no visible signs of treatment on the scalp.
- Dr. Gray will use photographs to document the change in your hair and scalp as your hair grows.
Are you ready to take action? The first step toward resolution is to find out whether you’re a good candidate for PRP. PRP gets its best results in the early stages of hair loss, so don’t wait. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray to find out whether PRP or another medical hair loss solution can help resolve your hair loss problem.